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Adjective

sheer (comparative er, superlative more)

Positive
sheer

Comparative
er

Superlative
more

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Very thin or transparent.
    Her light, sheer dress caught everyone's attention.
  2. Pure; unmixed; being only what it seems to be.
    I think it is sheer genius to invent such a thing.
    This poem is sheer nonsense.
  3. Straight up and down; vertical; perpendicular.
    It was a sheer drop of 180 feet.

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Translations

Adverb

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Positive
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Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. clean; quite; at once.

Noun

Singular
sheer

Plural
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sheer ({{{1}}})
  1. (nautical) The curve of the main deck or gunwale from bow to stern.
  2. (nautical) An abrupt swerve from the course of a ship.

Verb

Infinitive
to sheer

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to sheer (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (nautical) To swerve from a course.
  2. To shear. (rare/archaic?)

References

Part or all of this page has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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